Australian Children’s Word of the Year 2017 is… ‘equality’
Read the full article over at the Oxford Australia Blog.
After countless hours reviewing hundreds of entries, Oxford University Press Australia and New Zealand has announced its 2017 Children’s Word of the Year: equality.
The word is a result of an Australia-wide writing competition in which students aged five to twelve submitted a piece of free writing – creative or factual, funny or serious – of up to 500 words based on a chosen word.
A judging panel of academics and experts in children’s English language then evaluated each competition entry for the word’s popularity, frequency, and use in context to determine the Australian Children’s Word of the Year.
Lee Walker, OUP ANZ’s director of Schools Publishing, said equality is a topical example of how Australian primary school children are tuned in to the social conversations happening today, with the children’s fictional and non-fiction entries alike referring to issues including race, gender, marriage, sporting, pay, disability rights, and even sibling equality.
Walker added: ‘It warmed our hearts to see the diverse range of issues that were top-of-mind-amongst Australian children, and further confirmed how observant children are of the conversations that make up the daily news and social discussions around them.’
Other words to appear in the children’s entries were traditional favourites including family, friends and sport, alongside words that previously have not been as prevalent, including soccer (as well as AFL football), bullying and war.
Find out more about OUP ANZ Children’s Word of the Year campaign.